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Petition to Randall L. Stephenson, Charles W. Dahlquist II, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America

Tell the Boy Scouts to End Discrimination Against Young Women

I cannot change my gender to fit the Boy Scouts’ standards, but the Boy Scouts can change their standards to include me. I am determined to be an Eagle Scout. It isn’t just a hobby, it’s access to some of the best leadership training there is. According to the BSA, over half of all astronauts were involved in Scouting and 16.3% of West Point cadets are Eagle Scouts. Of the current Congress, 191 members were involved in Scouting, 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting, and many of them are Eagle Scouts. The facts say it all -- high-level Scouting creates opportunity, and with opportunity comes a chance at success in the global community. Unfortunately for me and half the country’s population, we are excluded from most of these amazing opportunities for no reason other than that we are female. That’s why I’m calling on the BSA to end the discriminatory ban against young women and girls, and allow all children to participate in the Boy Scouts and earn the Eagle Rank. In most countries, Scouting is co-ed. International Scouting appreciates that separating children by gender is an artifact from a bygone era. The BSA has opened a few programs to girls and young women, but the Scouts exclude us from joining Scout Troops, and we are not eligible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout -- the most advanced, and most challenging leadership program they have. Boy Scouting teaches young people to be strong leaders. I, and many young women like me, want this chance at the best leadership training for our youth. Women can now hold all combat roles, and have already earned Bronze and Silver Stars, and Purple Hearts in war. Women have leadership roles in government, business, academia and entertainment. Imagine what else would be possible for women with Eagle Scout training.... Under the leadership of former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates, the Boy Scouts recently ended anti-gay policies, allowing all boys and LGBT adults full membership in Scouting.  The Boy Scouts should now end discriminatory policies based on gender, welcoming all children to participate in Scouting, including young women and girls.   I know I could rise through the ranks and become an Eagle Scout alongside the best of the boys -- all I need is the opportunity. Please join us in calling on the Boy Scouts to allow all children to participate in Scouting and earn the Eagle Rank. Please sign our petition and encourage your friends on social media to get involved. We can be reached at  Thank you for your support.

Sydney and Bryan Ireland
6,721 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Hasbro

Change "Mrs. White" to "Dr. White" in Clue/Cluedo

Every so often a single word can make a huge difference.  Since 1949, the board game Cluedo (or Clue, in North America) has delighted children and adults as a challenging diversion, but one thing has always remained slightly off the mark: only male characters have professional titles. Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum sport the forms of address for the military and academia, partly to set them apart from Mr. Green, but also to convey a sense of story. They are the kind of romantic characters you might encounter in a mystery novel or film.  On the women's side, however, the titles are simply: Miss, Mrs... and Mrs. And while Miss Scarlet is often portrayed as a femme fatale, and Mrs. Peacock as a society matron, only Mrs. White is depicted having a profession and nearly always as a servant: she's a cook, a maid, a housekeeper.  This is where one word could make a difference. Hasbro should change Mrs. White to Dr. White. By portraying her as a white-coated physician, surgeon, or scientist, it would show support for women in general, and give young girls an everyday image of an accomplished professional who just happens to be a woman. It may not seem like much, but it is these kinds of small gestures and images that subtly combine to make up the impression that young people have of other people and themselves. Please encourage Hasbro to award Mrs. White her doctorate, even if, occasionally, ... she is the one whodunit!

John Chaneski
1,833 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Victoria Secret, Leslie Wexner, Sharen Jester Turney, Denise Landman

Victoria's Secret: Add Plus Sizes to Your Product Lines

Recently, Victoria’s Secret launched a marketing campaign for their clothing and lingerie lines called “The Perfect Body.” While I believe every company has the right to market however they wish, I also believe all women, including plus size women like me, have perfect bodies and deserve to feel sexy too. That’s why I’m asking Victoria’s Secret to introduce plus sizes to their collections so women like me can wear their products. I love Victoria’s Secret so much that I even have their credit card. My money and my credit are good enough for them, but the fact that I can only buy items like perfume, lotion, and body spray sends the message that my body is not. Every year I watch the Angel fashion show and would love to purchase the items I see on my screen but can’t because Victoria’s Secret doesn’t sell plus sizes. Victoria’s Secret should consider their bottom line when making this decision. There are over 100 million plus size women in the United States and we spent over 17.5 billion dollars on plus size clothing last year. Victoria’s secret already offers larger bra sizes for women with enhanced and naturally bigger breasts; it makes perfect sense to expand their lines so women with larger bodies can also join the club. Please join me by signing my petition asking Victoria’s Secret to introduce plus sizes to at least one of their lines so girls who have a little more "love" can get in on the sexy and feel great about ourselves too.  My point overall, let anyone, any size, walk in and pick something from the drawers.   

Dana Drew
3,106 supporters